Zen Mind, Zen Horse : The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses, Paperback Book

Zen Mind, Zen Horse : The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses Paperback

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Mindful work with horses, says neurosurgeon Allan J.

Hamilton, can enlighten the human handler as much as it benefits the horse.

Evolving over 30 million years to become the quintessential prey animal, equines have developed acute right-brain survival skills, such as leadership, awareness, empathy, and cooperation.

In particular, the horse has finely honed abilities to lead, communicate, and connect not with words, but with the vital emotional energy described in the Buddhist tradition as chi.

When we learn the language of chi, we become more effective as leaders, more attuned to others, and more joyful as human beings. "Zen Mind, Zen Horse" begins by examining how the equine and human brains function, often related to their respective roles as prey and predator.

Going on to draw insights and wisdom from spiritual traditions such as Zen Buddhism, Ayurvedic healing, and Yaqui shamanism and from the great horse cultures of the Mongolians, Bedouins, and Native Americans, Dr. Hamilton shows the importance of developing right-brain awareness and quieting the left-brain dominance of our Western brains.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, full colour photographs & illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
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  • Category: Horses & ponies
  • ISBN: 9781603425650

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These concepts apply to all aspects of life, not just horsemanship. This book is pretty deeply detailed as to care and training of horses with an emphasis on humane and spiritual partnership/leadership rather than dominance (duh). A lot of the technical information doesn't apply to me right now because I'm a beginning learner. If I ever graduate to having a horse of my own, this is a book I will go back to. Also it's beautifully illustrated and has poignant quotes throughout.

Also by Allan J. Hamilton